NEW JERSEY THEFT & FRAUD ATTORNEYS
NEW JERSEY THEFT & FRAUD ATTORNEYS
The term “theft” means taking possession of or exercising unlawful control over another person’s property without consent and with the intent to either permanently deprive the rightful owner of access to their property or to return the property only after receiving some form of compensation. As a legal term, “theft” applies to a variety of offenses, including shoplifting, burglary, robbery, extortion, fraud and forgery.
A conviction for theft not only carries harsh penalties but also gets you a criminal record that will make it difficult for you to obtain housing, employment and to borrow money from lenders. You can never afford to take theft charges lightly. You need to respond to an arrest by hiring the best legal representation available as quickly as possible.
Get your free initial consultation with one of our experienced New Jersey theft and fraud defense lawyers today.
Common Types of Theft Cases We Handle in New Jersey
The types of theft cases Spodek Law Group can assist you with include:
- Theft of Movable Property
- Theft by Deception
- Theft of Services
- Receiving Stolen Property
- Joyriding / Theft of an Automobile
- Insurance Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Money Laundering
- Check Fraud
- Passing Bad Checks
Under New Jersey legislation, criminal offenses are graded by degree, which might be based on the nature of the crime, the amount of money or value of property in question, whether the alleged crime included an act of violence, and other details. Lesser offenses are considered disorderly persons offenses, or “misdemeanors” in many states. The degree of crime you get charged with dictates the size of fine or length of prison time you may face, if convicted.
Possible Penalties for a Theft Crime in New Jersey
Some offenses carry specific punishments. These are the punishments generally faced when you are found guilty of a crime in New Jersey:
- Conviction of a first-degree offense carries 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000.
- Conviction of a second-degree offense carries 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
- Conviction of a third-degree offense carries 3 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Conviction of a fourth-degree offense carries up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Conviction of a disorderly person offense carries a fine of up to $1,000.
- Conviction of a petty disorderly person offense carries a fine of up to $500.
The wide variance in consequences available for theft crimes provides a great deal of opportunity to negotiate with prosecutors for a lesser charge and/or sentence. Nevertheless, prosecutors are obligated to seek convictions. Unless they are persuaded otherwise, you can expect a prosecutor to seek the most punitive sentence they believe a judge will hand down.
For your rights to be protected, and so that all possible objections to the charges against you will be raised, you need to engage a criminal defense attorney experienced in the New Jersey court system. It is best to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer for theft charges as early as possible after being arrested so that your lawyer can begin to examine the evidence that police and/or prosecutors have brought against you.
What Our Theft Defense Lawyers Can Do For You
The sooner we get involved, the better we can defend you in your case. There is much that we can do at every stage to ensure that your rights are upheld.
In theft cases, typically one person’s word is pitted against another’s. Disputes often center on rightful ownership, whether there was agreement to transfer ownership, such as in a sale that was not properly documented, or whether there was expressed or implied consent allowing property to be borrowed or used.
In some instances, it might be possible to make restitution to the alleged victim of a theft in exchange for dropping of the charges. We are skilled negotiators and we can successfully make such overtures when circumstances permit.
Our lawyers may also be able to set up a plea that leads to Conditional Discharge probation or Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), programs that are designed to keep nonviolent first offenders out of the prison system.
Additionally, New Jersey’s Veterans’ Diversion program allows qualified participants to avoid trial and a criminal record. It is an option available to active military members and retirees accused of nonviolent offenses who have been diagnosed with mental illness or who have shown signs of mental illness in front of law enforcement, family members or friends.
Reach Out to Our New Jersey Theft Crime Defense Lawyers
At Spodek Law Group, our attorneys have decades of experience defending people like you against criminal charges, including charges of robbery, fraud, extortion, shoplifting, auto theft and other kinds of theft. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges of theft, do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation about the details of your case with an experienced theft and fraud defense lawyer.